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Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday reassured China that the security and success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be ensured at all costs, and greater focus would be laid on consolidating Sino-Pak strategic partnership. He held out this assurance while addressing a reception held here at a local hotel to mark the 89th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People''s Liberation Army. The participants included high-ranking civil and military officers and defence attaches of various countries.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday informed Senate that the agreement on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is confidential that could not be made public because of the "sensitivity" of the multi-billion dollar project. Speaking in Senate, he said the CPEC agreement between Pakistan and China is a sensitive and confidential deal which could not be disclosed before the media.
India's home minister will travel to Pakistan next week for a one-day regional meeting, New Delhi said Thursday, as tensions flare between the rivals over unrest in held Kashmir. Rajnath Singh will attend a meeting of home ministers from countries belonging to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad but will not hold a one-on-one with his Pakistani counterpart, the Indian foreign ministry said.
Pakistan and India have agreed not to violate the cease-fire along the border and the Line of Control. They have also agreed to return the people within 48 hours who mistakenly cross the border. The agreement was reached in the two day bi-annual talks between Pakistan and India Border Security Force that held in Lahore on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss matters related to border management. The Pakistan delegation was led by Major General Umar Farooq Burki while the Indian contingent was headed by BSF Director General KK Sharma.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the real estate sector have yet not developed consensus on fair market value of immovable properties in the three main cities of the country, ie, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and next round of talks would be held on Friday (July 29). Sources told Business Recorder here on Thursday that there is a deadlock on the issues of property valuation in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Indonesia on Friday executed four drug convicts, three of them foreigners, by firing squad, an official said, pushing on with a campaign of capital punishment that has sparked a storm of global anger. However 10 others expected to have faced the firing squad, including nationals from Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, were not put to death.
The Foreign Office Thursday said that Pakistani authorities are in touch with officials in Jakarta and remains hopeful about the possibility of clemency for a Pakistani death row prisoner Zulfiqar Ali who is likely to be executed today (Friday).